A new option for private higher education, Argosy University, opened its doors last week and is waiving application fees for anyone who donates school supplies to local schools.

Interested students who complete the necessary forms and bring $30 worth of supplies to be donated will avoid paying the enrollment fees for Salt Lake's newest community learning center.

The first day of classes is scheduled Sept. 2, and construction of the facility continues, occupying approximately 38,000 square feet in Draper.

The for-profit, private university has been operating nationwide since the early '70s, and the Salt Lake City campus becomes its 19th facility, offering doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees in various business, education and psychology programs.

"One of the greatest strengths of Argosy University is our involvement in the communities we serve," said Darren W. Adamson, president at Argosy's Salt Lake City campus. He said program advisory committees employ local talent to help shape teaching at the university. Adjunct professors will also provide local flair, as well as a link to the community for internship opportunities for students.

"We are grateful to be part of the well-known and highly respected educational community here in Utah," Adamson said. In a letter to local community leaders, announcing the opening of the university, he said he hopes to "partner with you to ensure that the legacy of student-focused higher education remains strong."

Argosy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and boasts a specialty of being in the people business — applying principles of human success.

More information can be found online at www.argosy.edu/

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